James Wilson Morrice
2017 Canadian Biennale
Historic photographs of the California and Yukon Goldrush
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) presents five new exhibitions this fall in addition to the presentations in the recently transformed Canadian and Indigenous Galleries and the permanent collection in the European and American Galleries. Beginning October 13, 49 works by James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924), one of Canada’s most celebrated modernist artists, will be exhibited through to March 18th, 2018. James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation took thirty years to amass and explores the relationship between the collector and the artist.
The fourth edition of the Canadian Biennial gets underway October 19, 2017. It showcases a comprehensive selection of recent acquisitions of Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art, and, for the first time, several international artworks. 2017 Canadian Biennial shows the dynamic ways in which artists engage with the increasingly globalized world of contemporary art through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, video and installation-based practices. A companion exhibition is on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton from September 30 to January 7, 2018.
Three photography exhibitions organized by the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the NGC open November 3, 2017: Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush, which, through captivating and largely unedited images ranging from scenes of California’s rivers to the snow-capped peaks of Yukon, follows the hopes, dreams and illusions of an entire generation of prospectors who took to the trails in search of gold; Frontera, which features seven contemporary photographers’ images from the U.S.-Mexico border, and PhotoLab3:Between Friends – Entre amis, featuring the images of young Canadian photographer Andreas Rutkauskas as he traveled the 8,891 km Canadian U.S. border. On view until April 2, 2018.
Admission to the Gallery is free every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and free at all times for Museum Members.
From October 24 to December 9, an exhibition featuring the work of the 2017 Sobey Art Award finalists will be on view at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. The National Gallery of Canada curated the group show that presents the newest and best of Canadian contemporary art.
The National Collection: A Family Affair
Family Sundays are back! Designed for families with kids 12 and under, theme-based activities help children discover the Gallery’s national collection while having fun, learning and creating art. Family Sundays are held from 10 am to 4 pm and are free with Gallery admission. Monster Mash Halloween Bash, is the theme for Sunday, October 1 and Superhero Art Star is the focus for November 5th. In addition, every Saturday and Sunday and on statutory holidays from 10 am to 4 pm, the Artissimo kiosk, for kids ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult, offers a host of discovery activities and a chance for participants to make their own art and share their creations with Museum visitors in the Artissimo Gallery. Every weekend starting October 14, the Artissimo Studio will be the place to go for fun family activities. All workshop supplies are provided (smocks too!). Family Sundays, Artissimo and Artissimo Studio are sponsored by Bell.
Guided one-hour tours are available by reservation for groups, beginning October 3. These tours offer an opportunity to discover the national collection and temporary exhibitions through a range of themes as diverse as the influence of women artists, art from an Indigenous perspective, and family portraits through the ages. Visits to special exhibitions provide a deeper insight into the featured artists and their works on display. Find out more.
Exhibitions to suit every interest
Following is a list of exhibitions organized by NGC and CPI for the fall:
James Wilson Morrice. The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation – Recently gifted to the National Gallery of Canada, the entire donation of 45 oil paintings and four watercolours - will be on display from October 13, 2017, until March 18, 2018. This exhibition and the accompanying publication bring to life the passion of avid collector and philanthropist, Ash K. Prakash, who was determined to understand and celebrate the Morrice’s legacy, preserving it for all Canadians. To find out more.
2017 Canadian Biennial – From October 19, 2017, to March 18, 2017, this exhibition sponsored by RBC features more than 100 works by more than 50 Canadian, Indigenous and international artists. All of the pieces in the exhibition were acquired by the Gallery through purchase or donation between April 2014 and June 2017. To find out more.
PhotoLab 3: Between Friends – Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, this third exhibition of the PhotoLab experimental space at the Canadian Photography Institute features the work of a young Canadian photographer: Andreas Rutkauskas. For several years he traveled, mostly on foot with a camera in his hand, the border that separates Canada from the United States. Rutkauskas used the 1975 NFB book Between Friends - Entre amis as a starting point for his exploration of this frontier territory. On view from November 3, 2017, to February 16, 2018.
Gold and Silver – Portraits, memories, propaganda and documentary photographs of California’s rivers and the snow-capped peaks of Yukon are featured in the exhibition Gold and Silver . Through captivating and largely inedited images, the hopes, dreams and illusions of an entire generation of Argonauts who took to the trails in search of golden metal are presented. From November 3, 2017, to April 2, 2018. Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the donation of The Origins of Photography collection from Archives of Modern Conflict. To find out more.
Frontera – Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and developed in collaboration with the FotoMexico festival, this exhibition brings together seven photographers’ views of the border between Mexico and the United States. Photographs by Mexicans Pablo López Luz and Alejandro Cartagena, Canadians Mark Ruwedel and Geoffrey James, Swiss Adrien Missika, American Kirsten Luz and German Daniel Schwarz will be on view from November 3, 2017 to April 2, 2018. To find out more.
PhotoLab 3: Between Friends, Gold and Silver, and Frontera were made possible by the support of Scotiabank, Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
Turbulent Landings – 2017 Canadian Biennial – From September 30, 2017 to January 7, 2018, in Edmonton. In conjunction with the 2017 Canadian Biennial in Ottawa, the Gallery presents, in collaboration with the art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), a complementary exhibition, Turbulent Landings. Features recent work by: John Akomfrah, Shuvinai Ashoona, Rebecca Belmore, Mark Bradford, Beau Dick, Julie Mehretu, Kent Monkman, John Noestheden, Chris Ofili, Edward Poitras, Kelly Richardson, Wael Shawky and Hajra Waheed.
2017 Sobey Art Award – From October 24 to December 9, 2017, works of art by the Sobey Art Award winner and four finalists are presented in a group exhibition on view at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. The pre-eminent prize for Canadian artists 40 and under, the Sobey Art Award is jointly administered by the National Gallery of Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation. To find out more.
Various activities will be held in tandem with the special fall exhibitions, including meetings with artists and curators. Details are available on the National Gallery of Canada Web site, in the What's On section. Starting October 28, interpreters will be on hand in the Special Exhibition galleries from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays as part of the 2017 Canadian Biennial to engage in conversation with visitors about the works on display.
Music and lectures
Musical performances – In the evening on September 27, pianist Anna Magdelena Kokits will give a recital presented by the Embassy of Austria.
NGC Lecture Series – The NGC lecture series is returning for the 2017-2018 season starting in October. Check out the Event Calendar for full programming details about the various lectures, talks and guest artists.
Until September 30, the Gallery will be open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed on Mondays starting October 1st and open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and until 8 pm on Thursdays. Open Monday, October 9 (Thankskiving). Opens at noon on Saturday, November 11 (Remembrance Day) For more information, visit gallery.ca.
Tickets: $15 (adults); $13 (seniors); $7 (age 24 and under and full-time students); $30 (families: two adults and three youth). Admission is free for children under the age of 11 and for Members. Includes admission to the NGC Collection. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. To find out more.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan
About the Canadian Photography Institute
The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography in all its forms. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in 2016. Its collections, which are regularly enriched with new donations, are built upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, the collection of the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the still photos of the National Film Board of Canada archives. Part of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Photography Institute receives unprecedented support from CPI’s Founding Partner, Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institution can be found on the Gallery’s website gallery.ca/cpi.
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